Monday, November 21, 2011

Re: OT: Okay, Serious Question

the USA cars, from a global perspective, are not considered unreliable and I think you're aware of that.

And here are some irrelevant fun facts.
American cars were virtually non-existent here in East Europe before 2008. (Well there was that old 70's or 80's Lincoln that I hired for my wedding back in 2004 but it doesn't count.)
Somewhere in 2008, you guys went all recession and these cars, which could not find a buyer anymore, started to appear on the streets and now a Dodge or a Jeep is a more or less common sight here.
Also, cars like Toyota Tundra/Sequoia appeared, which were clearly made for USA market (they practically don't fit into the street here).
Anyway, I'm not sure whether any of these are actually American-made.

As for the science, yours is the cream from the world's milk, it's that simple. Winning a war has its perks. And later, drawbacks.

On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 5:20 PM, Bill Polhemus <> wrote:
Nah, I just watched a little bit of a "Motor Trend" type TV show, where they were listing the various automakers' status. Ever since I was a young adult it's been the same thing b

Look at Consumer Reports' reviews. Meh.

William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
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On Nov 20, 2011, at 6:25 PM, nma <> wrote:

> Let's see:  You got stranded someplace?
> I had to look up what "sine qua non" meant - my school only taught me engineering.
> Gave up on Buicks in 1985 after two of my company cars had to get new transmissions.
> Gave up on my 94 Plymouth Voyager about ten years ago when the transmission gave out and the paint started pealing.   Now used as a "truck" for hauling stuff to the dumps.
> Neil
> Early Happy Thanksgiving, Bill.  (I think that is still PC, but I've got lots of turkeys here in beautiful downtown Shingle Springs.)
> On 11/20/2011 2:44 PM, Bill Polhemus wrote:
>> Why is it that the USA is considered the sine qua non of scientific and engineering innovation: aerospace, solid state electronics, pure research of any and every kind. We lead or seriously compete in nearly every area of human endeavor.
>> Yet we cannot manage to design and manufacture a reliable passenger automobile?  WTF!
>> (POLITICAL CORRECTNESS DISCLAIMER: This is not an intent to disparage any other nation, creed, color, or faith. It is my opinion. If you find yourself angry at my words, then simply reject my opinion and substitute your own).
>> William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
>> Sent from my iPad 2
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